Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday Thingers: Common Knowledge

This week's questions for the Tuesday Thingers group:
Have you ever looked at the Common Knowledge page, or viewed the history of changes/additions? If you were aware of this section, have you added any information? Do you find this information useful or interesting?

Well, this is unusual! A LibraryThing feature I actually knew something about before Tuesday Thingers brought it to my attention!

Yes, I've known about Common Knowledge for a while now. In fact, I've even contributed some info myself. Didn't really remember exactly what books were involved, so I went to the History page and searched on my user name, and discovered a whole list of stuff: a few books by Angela Thirkell, a couple of Virago editions, and The House with a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs.

I've browsed around Common Knowledge a few times. Of course, the data is only as reliable as the members who enter it: As far as I know, there's no proof-reading or fact-checking. And apparently anyone can change or edit the info that's already been entered. Lots of possibilities for typos and misreadings, so you have to expect mistakes to creep in, I suppose. So while I do find the information interesting, I'm not sure how useful it really is.

Tuesday Thingers is a weekly meme for LibraryThing users, hosted by Wendi's Book Corner.


  1. That's cool that you've contributed. I'll have to start doing that too.

  2. sort of like wikipedia...it may sound good but is it accurate?

    well, it is still fun. as with everything, you haver to take the info with a grain of salt.

  3. I admit I'm not at all familiar with the feather. I will have to give it a look.

  4. That's very true...I'm always worried about sites that where anyone can put in information and then it's known as a "fact". IMDB is like that, also wikipedia. Not that anyone is purposely putting in wrong info, but it might not necessarily be accurate.

  5. This is a feature I want to check out more and maybe even contribute to. It looks like fun.

  6. I haven't contributed, but I have "CK: Awards and Honors" listed in my library display.

    I think, yes, it's like wikipedia in that it's user-written/extended/edited. Much of LibraryThing is, including all the Local events and bookstore entries (user submitted).

    My answer is here.

  7. You're right - I haven't noticed anything but there's always a risk with that sort of set up. I hope you don't mind me tagging you for the Bookshelf Meme!

  8. Hi Joy - you bring up a very good point - actually two! First I didn't realize that I could search my name to see what I've added - what fun!

    More importantly, you are right - I'm going to be very careful that I enter correct information, under the correct edition!

    I'm still trying to explore it a little more, and think that using it to find the other series books is a great opportunity for me!

    Thanks for participating in Tuesday Thingers last week Joy! I've got this week's posted now.

    Take care, Wendi


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